Penelope Boyd is a Canberra artist whose work is driven by her fascination with the psychology of childhood and the fragility of early memory. From her home studio, Penelope paints with acrylics in a loose, realist style from a variety of source imagery including vintage knitting and sewing patterns, as well as her own photographs.
Penelope’s paintings depict scenarios and objects that seem at first innocuous, but in her understated pallet and use of light and shadow, each work hints at something more dangerous. The works often convey an ambiguous, hard-to-define emotion - suggestive of a narrative which winds around the painting. This subtle 'unsettling' effect stays with the viewer for a long time after seeing these beautiful works.
2016 Finalist, Empire Global Art Awards
2016 Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize
2016 Finalist, Staedtler Yen Art Awards
2014 Winner, Cliftons Art Prize
2014 Finalist, Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award
2014 Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize
2014 Finalist, Staedtler Yen Art Awards
2013 Finalist, Cliftons Art Prize